Lifesaving plants

| Post published on August 29, 2018
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Scientific review shows how and why a vegan diet can be a lifesaver

A comprehensive review of research studies on diets and cardiovascular health made perfectly clear how amazing a healthy vegan diet can be. The scientists came to these conclusions about what a wholesome plant-based diet can do for your heart:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease by 40 per cent
  • Reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 40 percent
  • Fully or partially remove harmful plaques from blocked arteries in up to 91 per cent of patients
  • Reduce the risk of high blood pressure by 34 percent
  • Reduce blood cholesterol from high to normal levels
  • Help achieve or maintain a healthy weight
  • Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes

The authors conclude that plant-based diets should be promoted through dietary guidelines and recommendations because they can not only prevent but also reverse atherosclerosis, heart disease and associated health issues.

Kahleova H, Levin S and Barnard ND, 2018. Vegetarian Dietary Patterns and Cardiovascular Disease. Progress in Cardiovascular Disease. 61 (1): 54-61.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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